Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Letter to the editor: USM name change would be rejection of identity

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Spencer McBreairty, 2014 USM Alum Dr. Glenn Cummings: I graduated from USM in 2014. What makes my experience unique is that when I entered USM in the Fall of 2009, as a resident of Dickey-Wood Hall in Gorham, the institution appeared to be thriving. Gorham was an active campus, Dickey-Wood was full and students were […]

Beneath the (Godless) steeple: How the left is a church

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

By: Garrick Hoffman, Staff Writer In an epoch of rising secularism in America, with Pew Research Center reporting a six-point jump from 16 to 22 percent of Americans claiming atheism, agnosticism or non-affiliation of a religion, we are hearing at seemingly higher frequency a barrage of scathing criticism aimed at religion. The late Christopher Hitchens, […]

USM student veterans selected for national leadership program

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By: Julie Pike, Editor-in-Chief USM students Kelsey Earley and Mary Swanson were picked to join the Student Veterans of America (SVA) at their annual Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. this past week, the USM Communications department announced in a press released last Wednesday. Earley, a senior who served in the Navy, and Swanson, a sophomore […]

Program helps disadvantaged youths with college

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By: Melissa Fraser, Staff Writer The Promise Scholarship program, a new addition to USM, is designed to bring a four-year college education within reach for Maine’s disadvantaged youth. The goal is to help students overcome “financial, academic, social, and cultural barriers, remain in school, and graduate in four years with little or no debt,” according […]

Letter from the editor: Anonymous sources

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike, Editor-in-Chief Starting with the publication of an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times earlier this month, the topic of anonymous sources has been prevalent both in my courses and at The Free Press. So I took the liberty of asking local journalists and professionals about their guidelines and standards with anonymous […]

Surging student enrollment increases housing

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Liz Trudel, Staff Writer This semester many USM residential students have found themselves in an “enhanced occupancy” living predicament. USM’s surging applicant numbers have resulted in crowded living spaces, especially within the largest freshmen-designated building: Upton-Hastings Hall. Residential Life has placed three students in dorms built for two and six students in dorms built […]

New learning program helps students learn better

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By Katie Prior, Staff Writer USM’s goal in many recent decisions has highlighted one unified goal: to ensure the success of our student body. The most recent development in this area is a learning-assistance program called Academic Gains through Improved Learning Effectiveness (AGILE). AGILE was created out of the growing understanding of the multiplicity of […]

Free tuition part one: status and possibilities

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in News

By: Valerie Kazarian, Staff Writer With the 2018 midterm election only two months away, the issue of free tuition is again being discussed. In Maine, organizations interested in Maine’s growth and development recognize that tuition relief is a desired goal but solutions seem to be elusive. The University of Maine System (UMS) has recognized the […]

Five fall hikes in Maine

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in Community

By: Berkeley Elias, Staff Writer A fall semester comprised of calculus and physics courses requires that one find refuge. For me, that means packing the essentials and heading off campus. Although reception is likely too weak to access MyMathLab in the Maine woods, it’s probably a good idea to take a rest and allow the […]

History and creativity in book arts display

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Elliot Caron, Staff Writer Book arts offers the opportunity for all students to bring out a unique form of creativity within the art community that can’t be found anywhere else at USM. USM is celebrating 12 years of their summer book arts program. This program allows artists to explore an art form that few […]